Comparing Man Utd’s record v Liverpool under Fergie to the years since
Liverpool have won their opening eight fixtures of the Premier League campaign to sit top of the table ahead of a huge clash with fierce rivals Manchester United, whose current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under enormous pressure and needs a result.
We’ve taken a look at United’s record against Liverpool under Ferguson and compared it to their more recent record against the Reds since his retirement in 2013.
Record under Fergie
Goals for: 81
Goals against: 73
Given United’s domination under Ferguson in the Premier League era, the Scot’s record against Liverpool is much more even than perhaps expected.
He got off to the perfect start against United’s fierce rivals by leading the Red Devils to home and away victories in his debut campaign of 1986-87, but then beat Liverpool just once in their next 12 clashes.
The 1-0 victory in the 1996 FA Cup final marked the start of a particular purple patch against Liverpool, with United unbeaten in 10 matches against the Merseysiders, winning seven, although that was then followed by a period of six defeats in seven.
Overall, Fergie recorded a win rate of 46.8% against Liverpool while United manager, with his side averaging 1.3 goals per game and conceding an average of 1.1 goals per game.
Record since Fergie
Goals for: 14
Goals against: 14
Despite their struggles since Ferguson’s retirement, United’s record against Liverpool isn’t actually much worse than it was under the Scotsman.
While David Moyes was beaten home and away in the Premier League, he did record one win in the League Cup.
Louis van Gaal presided over the most victories against the Merseysiders, registering home and away league wins in both of his seasons at Old Trafford and only losing once, in the first leg of a Europa League round of 16 tie.
Jose Mourinho oversaw just one win against the Reds, although he only suffered one defeat, which proved to be his final match in charge of the club.
Their combined win rate of 40% is only slightly down on Ferguson’s, while they have averaged 0.93 goals for and against in these fixtures, illustrated how they have become much cagier affairs.